Despite its name, Ringworm is not caused by a worm. It is a fungal infection of the skin that causes a scaly, crusty rash that often itches. Although many people feel very embarrassed to learn that they have ringworm, they can rest assured that it can be successfully treated with an anti-fungal medication. If a person has ringworm it is imperative that they get quick ringworm treatment because this skin condition is highly contagious and can easily pass from one person to another. While children are the most susceptible to catching ringworm, teenagers and adults can be affected as well.
Public restrooms, pool changing areas, and gym locker rooms are common places for coming into contact with ringworm. Simply touching a towel of an infected person can easily transmit the infection to another person. Animals are also known to carry ringworm, and contact with an infected animal can also pass the infection to a person. Heat and moisture cause the fungal infection to thrive and grow. Because of this, the most common place to find ringworm is in skin folds – between the toes, behind the knees or elbows, and in the groin area.
It is very important that people with ringworm see their dermatologist quickly after the infection has shown up. Ringworm can not be cured at home because of its fungal nature. Prescriptions for topical applications and oral medications are necessary to cure ringworm. If you or your child has any type of skin rash or redness, see your dermatologist. If you know that it is ringworm, do not delay in calling for an appointment to save you and other family members from catching the infection.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates